John River took to Twitter recently to announce he was dropping five previously-unreleased tracks as a thank you to listeners for their support. Among the five tracks was the first song he ever recorded at 14 years old, a rough, soulful cut similar to “Every Evening”. The real standout track in my opinion, however, is “Closer To My Dreams”. The rising Mississauga emcee hops on Drake’s Comeback Season classic and makes it his own, delivering the same heartfelt performance that has become his hallmark. It’s unclear when the track was recorded, but thematically, it fits in somewhere between The Calm and his forthcoming project, The Storm. For more on John River, make sure to check out our interview with him. Stream “Closer To My Dreams” below.
— John River (@TheJohnRiver) July 25, 2013